St John's Church, Rawtenstall

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St John's Church, Rawtenstall
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St John's Church, Rawtenstall is located in the Borough of Rossendale
St John's Church, Rawtenstall
St John's Church, Rawtenstall
Location in the Borough of Rossendale
Coordinates: 53°42′01″N 2°16′25″W / 53.7003°N 2.2735°W / 53.7003; -2.2735
OS grid referenceSD 820 227
LocationNewchurch Road, Cloughfold, Rawtenstall, Lancashire
Functional statusRedundant
Heritage designationGrade II
Designated30 November 1984
Architect(s)Paley, Austin and Paley
Architectural typeChurch
StyleGothic Revival
MaterialsSandstone, slate roof

St John's Church is a redundant Anglican church in Newchurch Road, Cloughfold, Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[1]


The church was built in 1889–90 to a design by the Lancaster architects Paley, Austin and Paley. It cost £5,000 (equivalent to £500,000 in 2018),[2] and provided seating for 500 people. The commission resulted from a competition assessed by Ewan Christian.[3][4] The church was declared redundant on 1 May 1976,[5] and has since been used as a warehouse.[1][6][7] Its rood screen was removed to St Nicholas' Church, Newchurch.[1]


St John's is constructed in sandstone with a slate roof. Its architectural style is Arts and Crafts Perpendicular. The church stands on a north-south axis, and its plan consists of a nave with low aisles, a chancel, a porch, and double transepts.[1] At the southwest is the base of an intended tower incorporating a porch, which rises to a height of only 10 feet (3 m).[6] It contains diagonal buttresses, a doorway above which is blind arcading, and a pyramidal roof.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Former Church of St John, Rawtenstall (1163867)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 18 October 2011
  2. ^ UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ Price (1998), p. 90
  4. ^ Brandwood et al. (2012), pp. 148–149, 238
  5. ^ Diocese of Manchester: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2010, p. 4, retrieved 18 October 2011
  6. ^ a b Brandwood et al. (2012), pp. 148–149
  7. ^ Hartwell & Pevsner (2009), p. 554